Shootout Heads to
Mesa Marin for Coors Light 100
Source: SRL Public
Relations/Eddie Alves - Date: May 10, 2005
Wilton, California - The Collins
family has owned and promoted Mesa Marin Raceway in
Bakersfield, California for 27 years of exciting racing. In
2004 track owners and operators Marion and Larry Collins
invited the SRL Wild West Late Model Shootout for three nights
of fast action packed racing. This year the SRL Wild West
Shootout will visit Mesa Marin’s fast high-banked racing
facility on two different occasions. The first of two is
coming up on Saturday, May 14th as the SRL drivers will
compete in the “Coors Light 100.”
After the series visited Stockton 99 Speedway on April 3rd and
Madera Speedway on April 30th, Jason Fensler leads the current
point standings after winning both events. With one second and
one third place finish Joey Zampa trails Fensler by 11 points.
After his second place finish at Madera Speedway Ken Boyd
maintains the third position. Troy Ermish who qualified second
at Madera is currently fourth, followed by 2004 Victory Circle
Chassis and Parts Rookie of the year Mark Smith of Tracy.
Jeff Belletto qualified first at Madera Speedway two weeks ago
as he leads the second group of five in the sixth position.
Jeff’s Brother Steve who was the 2004 Series Champion trails
Jeff by one point in the seventh position. Roseville’s Jim
Courage Jr. sits eight after two strong runs at Stockton and
Madera. Dave Byrd led six laps at Madera Speedway before
finishing fifth as he leads Victory Circle Chassis and Parts
rookie Rusty Buholz who rounds out the top ten. Eric Schmidt,
Tracy Bolin, Aaron Days, and Angelo Queirolo are all within
six points of breaking into the top ten.
When the SRL Wild West Shootout visited Mesa Marin Raceway
during the 2004 season Craig Raudman, Ryan Foster, and Mike
Mason each took home a Sunoco Checkered Flag as they each won
their particular 100 lap event.
Not only will the stars of the SRL be on hand, but so will be
the very talented Victory Circle Chassis and Parts rookie of
the year contenders. Victory Circle sits just a few miles from
Mesa Marin Raceway as the rookie’s will be able to shine under
the lights as their contingency sponsor looks on.
Joining the SRL Wild West Shootout Saturday night is the
Nascar Southwest Series. However a driver will not be able to
compete in both events on May 14th. (Note: Both series compete
under rules which are very similar.) “Due to the fact that we
have never hosted an event with the two series together, we
feel it is best to take this approach for this first time
event, and re-evaluate the situation for future events of this
type.” Stated Larry Collins.
Jeff Belletto leads the Apex Financial Group Qualifying
Points. Belletto set fast time at Madera Speedway on April
30th. Troy Ermish trails Belletto by two points after
qualifying second at Madera. Jason Fensler currently sits
third in the Apex Financial Qualifying Points. $5,000 will be
divided between the top three drivers in qualifying points at
the end of the 2005 season. Apex Financial Group is based in
Stockton Ca, and specializing in home loans and the
refinancing of property.
Palo Alto’s Rusty Buholz leads the Victory Circle Chassis and
Parts Rookie of the Year point standings. Buholz has a 14
point lead over fellow Rookie Jeremy Wood of Tracy. In
addition to be crowned Rookie of the Year at the season ending
awards banquet, the 2005 SRL Rookie of the year will be the
recipient of a brand new 2005 Victory Circle Chassis.
Currently situated in a 38,000 square foot facility in
Bakersfield, CA, Victory Circle Chassis and Parts, Inc. is the
leader in west coast racecar chassis design and fabrication.
Greg Pott’s leads the SRL Late Model Qualifying Points
standings. Carl Pearce, Jamie Dick, Ray Lawson Jr., Shannon
Mansch, Harry Belletto, Wes Banks, Charles Perreira, Andrew
Livengood, John Ostlund, and Chad Pais.
Capture the Flag: Sunoco Race Fuels, a proud sponsor of the
SRL Wild West Late Model Shootout awards the winner of each
event in the 2005 season with a Sunoco Checkered Flag.
Sunoco Checkered Flags:
Jason Fensler 2
Casciaro Homes Hard Charger Award:
After transferring from the non qualifiers race at Madera
Speedway (April 30th) Aaron Days won the Casciaro Homes Hard
Charger Award and was given a check for $150 from Casciaro
Homes. Day’s charged from his 17th starting position to finish
Mesa Marin Raceway Recap 2004
Craig Raudman set quick time during qualifying with a lap of
18.587 seconds beating 26 other cars around the fast
high-banked racing facility. Raudman went on to lead the final
55 laps to earn his first career SRL Wild West Shootout
victory. Tracy’s Rick Ruzbarsky finished second followed by
Ken Boyd, Jeff Anthony as Wes Miller rounded out the top five.
Adult tickets for the May 14th event are $25 for General
Admission and $30 for Reserved Seating. Children’s tickets are
$5, ages 6 – 12. For more information please contact Mesa
Marin Raceway at 661-366-5711.
Mesa Marin Raceway
PO Box 6217
Bakersfield, CA 93386
Phone: (661) 366-5711
Fax: (661) 366-5123
Friday, May 13th, 2005
Pit gates open at 4:00 PM
SRL Wild West Shootout Practice 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Cost: $150 per car
Saturday - May 14, 2005
Schedule of Events
Southwest Series Rialto "Concrete Products 100"
SRL Wild West Late Model Shootout "Coors Light 100"
Havoline Racing Revolution Sport Compact Series
10:00 AM - Registration Opens/Haulers In- Southwest Series
11:00 AM - Registration Opens - SRL Wild West Shootout
12:30 PM - Southwest Series Driver's/Crew Chief Meeting
1:00-1:30 PM - SRL - Practice
1:30-2:15 PM - Southwest Series - Practice
2:15-2:45 PM - SRL - Practice
2:45-3:30 PM - Southwest Series - Practice
3:30-3:45 PM - Sport Compact - Practice
4:00 PM - Spectator Gates Open
4:00-4:40 PM - SRL Wild West Shootout Qualifying (2 laps)
4:45-5:30 PM - Southwest Series Qualifying (2 laps)
5:45 PM - On-Track Autograph Session (all cars on the front
7:00 PM - Racing Begins
SRL Wild West Shootout Dash (4 Laps)
Qualifying Races (TBA)
Havoline Racing Revolution Sport Compact Main (15 laps)
SRL Wild West Late Model Shootout "Coors Light 100"
Southwest Series "Rialto Concrete Products 100"
For more information visit our website at http://www.srllatemodels.com
The SRL Wild West Late Model Shootout would like to thank
their 2005 Sponsors, which include: Afco, Apex Financial
Group, Bassett Racing Wheels, Brodix Inc., Casciaro Homes,
Dynatech, DPI, Eibach Springs, FRE, Five Star Stock Car
Bodies, Frank’s Radio Service, G. P. Fabrication, Hoosier Tire
West, Impact Racing, Fensler Racing Inc., Paul Oil Co., Perry
Race Cars, Peterson Fluid Systems, Pit Stop USA.Com, Sunoco,
Total Seal Inc., U. S. Brake, and Victory Circle Chassis and